How Can You Keep Your Septic System Healthy?

11/03/15 9:44 AM

When you have a healthy septic system, your waste disappears from the house with just a push of a button.  Toilets, showers, washing machines, dish washers all drain into the same box buried somewhere on your property.

Of course, anything in a house needs to be maintained.  So, every one to three years, you should have your septic system pumped out.  That’s a big range and exactly how often you should do it depends on how much material and liquids you are putting into that system.  If you live with three kids and bathe two dogs on a regular basis, then you’re looking at an annual pump out.  (Don’t forget all the towels you’re washing!)  However, if you live alone and spend the winter in Florida, then you can get away with pumping your septic tank every 2 or 3 years.

A reliable septic contractor will tell you the condition of your system when he pumps for you.  He can determine if you’re on a good schedule or should be calling him more often.

If you’re unable to remember the last time you had the septic system pumped out, call now for an appointment.

There are things you can do to help the system operate properly between pump outs.

The system needs to drain off excess water and allow bacteria to reduce the solids left.  So, avoid putting lots of grease or harsh chemicals down there (might kill your good bacteria).  Also, keep up with the laundry; a dozen loads will add too much water all at once and the system will not operate properly.

Also, keep an eye out.  If you notice leaks inside the house, address them right away.  Or, if there is a funny smell when you’re outside, best to get help as soon as possible.

Call Classic Plumbing by Reno for a free consultation at any time.  I’m here to answer your questions and keep your plumbing in good shape! 860-748-7305

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